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When you fill a prescription at the pharmacy you may often find on the label a notation to "Use By" or "Discard After" a date which is one year from the date the prescription is being filled.

I have been told by some pharmacists that this is required by law. Aside from being deceptive, this can be costly to you.

You are being told to discard any prescription which is one year and one day past the fill date. However, if you look at the bottom crimped edge of any prescription that is supplied to you in a tube you will find the drug manufacturer's expiration date for that tube.

The pharmaceutical manufacturer's expiration date is often a year (sometimes even two years) later than the "Use By" or Discard After" date.

This also holds true for eye drops and other medications that are supplied in the drug manufacturer's original bottle or container.

Does it make sense to throw perfectly good medication in the trash and pay for the same medication again?

I cannot understand why pharmacies should be allowed to put this one year warning limit on tubes and bottles which specifically show an expiration date which could be as much as two years later in some cases.

To carry this a step further - you can ask the pharmacist to tell you the expiration date on the bottle from which your PILLS came. Some will tell you, some will not.

If you do manage to get this date, mark it on the container for your own future reference. Naturally, check with your pharmacist as I am neither a doctor or a pharmacist and you will see for yourself.

What you have just read means that you are unnecessarily  throwing out perfectly good medications because of an arbitrary and inaccurate expiration date that is placed on just about every medication. 

The information that you just learned, applied to just one medication alone, has already saved you the entire purchase price of the Drug Plan Guide.

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